CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Sophomore Leo Afonso recorded his first brace to give Virginia men’s soccer (4-6-2, 1-4-0 ACC) a 2-1 victory over Boston College (4-5-2, 0-3-2 ACC) on Friday night at Klöckner Stadium.
6’ – BC: Aidan Farwell (Drew Serafino, Mike Suski)
17’ – UVA: Leo Afonso (Kome Ubogu)
61’ – UVA: Leo Afonso (Daniel Wright)
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Boston College got on the board early when Aidan Farwell sent a shot into the right side of the net.
- Freshman Michael Tsicoulias ran down the middle of the field and was fouled as he passed the ball forward, but UVA was given advantage. Freshman Kome Ubogu chased it down and shot it off the Boston College keeper, which rebounded back to Afonso who sent it into the open net.
- Virginia took the lead after graduate student Daniel Wright crossed the ball to the left side of the field to Afonso, who sent the header into the net for his brace.
- Leo Afonso has scored in two consecutive matches, with three goals in that span.
- It is the first collegiate brace for Afonso.
- Kome Ubogu recorded his second assist of the season.
- Daniel Wright’s assist was his first of his career as a Cavalier.
- BC had a 12-10 edge in shots.
- Goalkeeper Holden Brown had five saves on the night.
FROM HEAD COACH GEORGE GELNOVATCH
“It is good to win. It was a resilient performance, going down a goal early again. This is a young group, and they had a good response, this time we were able to finish. I felt last game we played well enough to win too. We learned our lessons from the chances we had last game and made progress today in that last little push to win. It checks the boxes for a win – you need resilience, you need quality, you need finishing, you need to defend in the last 15 minutes of an ACC game when you are up a goal. We checked all those boxes. Some of these games we have been tying and losing, we gave up a goal in the last minute of the game, so we were able to check a lot of those boxes tonight.”
Virginia hosts Denver in its final non-conference match of the season on Monday night at 6 p.m. at Klöckner Stadium.